AI in EHRs Could Help Doctors With CDI Burden

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, October 24, 2017

Alleviating documentation headaches would help physicians, but price also has to be right, says analyst.

Koustav Chatterjee
Koustav Chatterjee

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare might be one of the most promising areas for investment and research.

Among those hopping on the AI train is EHR company Epic, which counts 190 million current patients in its system and plans to use AI to help improve physician documentation.

According to Koustav Chatterjee, a healthcare IT industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan, it's a smart move.

"Epic has catered to a relevant market pain point and rightly aims to help physicians repurpose time for better patient care," he says.

He notes that "many physicians are still opposed to the idea of having to pursue clinical documentation and practice medicine simultaneously" and points to the onerous number of clicks a single physician has to make within an EHR.

Twice this year, Epic has announced its intention to use AI to alleviate that pain.

In March, the company said it was partnering with Nuance Communications to provide computer-assisted physician documentation (CAPD) capabilities embedded within Epic. According to the company, Epic NoteReader CDI uses AI capabilities found in Nuance CAPD technology to automatically provide real-time CDI feedback to physicians at the point of care.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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